Lackey caterpillar

(Zool.) the caterpillar, or larva, of any bombycid moth of the genus Clisiocampa; - so called from its party-colored markings. The common European species (Clisiocampa neustria) is striped with blue, yellow, and red, with a white line on the back. The American species (Clisiocampa Americana and Clisiocampa sylvatica) are commonly called tent caterpillars. See Tent caterpillar, under Tent.

See also: Lackey

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What an unsuspecting reader might not realize is that this beautiful Lackey caterpillar has the potential to be a severe pest, defoliating and disfiguring apple and other deciduous trees from April to June, and living until it is full-grown in a communal silken tent spun over leaves and twigs.